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Whatever you were doing at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, you probably weren’t thinking about the fact that 2016 is a Leap Year.  And it may not seem like a big deal. But every four years, we are gifted an extra day just to keep the calendar year in sync with the time it takes the earth to complete its orbit around the sun. So by adding an extra day every four years, everything stays in balance, but not necessarily everyone.

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It’s not uncommon for people nearing the end of life to lament, “if only I had one more day” to do something they always meant to do, like reconnect with a friend or loved one. Nothing in life is more precious than time.

So why not make a “Leap Year Resolution” – and plan right now how you’ll spend that extra calendar day? Maybe you could take a day to recharge mentally, physically or spiritually. Spend a day designing a true family vacation for 2016 instead of waiting until the last minute. Or spend a day with a colleague in need of support or mentoring. Maybe you’d like to spend time with a former mentor who took time to make a difference in your life, or spend the day volunteering in your community. Perhaps spend a day being inspired by the beauty of nature or art or making the acquaintance of someone you admire.

My point is, using the gift wisely doesn’t require that you do something profound. But don’t squander the gift of an extra day. Be intentional. Plan how you’re going to use it. And make the most of your “Leap of Faith” in 2016!

Happy New Year!

– bph